Former Delta State military administrator, Air Commodore Luke Ochulor, has expressed disappointment at Nigeriaâ€™s failure at the recently concluded World Cup just as he called on NFA officials to do proper home work before setting out for any competition.
Speaking with Sports Vanguard in Lagos, he said the failure of the national team in South Africa had nothing to do with corruption but that Nigeriaâ€™s opponents were given an added advantage by the officials of the World Cup,
â€œIt becomes necessary to look at the other angle of the competition, they have asked us to forget the 2010 World Cup and get on with our lives but nothing is ever quiet as far as I am concerned.
Nigerians should have known that the officiating officials would never overlook our mistakes. Very often, our opponents are given an added advantage over us simply because Nigerians are fearless. Even some of our brothers were not happy when we succeed and were quite happy when we fail. It is now important to provide solutions to some of these pointers,” he said.
Ochulor, who described the Green Eaglesâ€™ failure as heart breaking to many Nigerians, also attributed their failure to lack of patriotism on the part of the players and officials.
â€œOnce upon a time, football was just a game but when we look at the level of prominence given by the press, and with the modern technology, one will realise that soccer is much more than a game.
Against this backdrop, any country that wants to venture into competing for the World Cup trophy must do a lot of homework because the success or failure of a nationâ€™s soccer team affects the health of the ordinary citizens, either positively or negatively,â€ he noted.